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Funds for Faculty Research and Collaborations
The Institute offers funding opportunities to support faculty research, scholarship, and creative activities.
The Arts and Humanities Publication Support Grant supports arts, humanities, and interpretive social science publication and performance by UNC-Chapel Hill faculty. The grant is funded by a partnership between the Office of Research Development and the Institute for the Arts and Humanities. The goal is to provide funding to increase the quality, contribution, or reach of books, recordings, and other academic or scholarly works. Examples include illustrations, indexing, publisher’s subventions, cover art, and similar.
The funds are not intended to cover the total cost of completing the research project, but to complement other financial support. Funds are awarded on a competitive basis and are not guaranteed. All eligible works must be complete at the time of application, e.g., accepted manuscript, mixed and edited master recording, etc.
Application: Applicants submit requests through the below link to the IAH for review. Applicants should explain briefly how the support will further the goal of increasing quality, contribution, or reach.
The Arts and Humanities Publication Support Grant applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The IAH tries to respond to applicants within a month.
Awards: The normal maximum award to support the publication of a book/monograph or musical/performance recording is $2,500. Requests above this amount will be considered in the case of exceptional need or opportunity. Awards are to be used by one full year from date of award.
Eligibility: Applicants must be members of the UNC-CH faculty holding any faculty rank. Priority will be given to applicants who have not received funding from this program in the past 3 years.
Recipients: Recipients are requested to provide a copy of the book or other publication to the IAH upon completion to become part of the IAH’s faculty publications collection.
Questions: Contact the IAH team at email@example.com.
Application for the Arts and Humanities Publication Support Grant
The Institute for the Arts and Humanities and Honors Carolina—with the generous support of the William C. Friday Leadership Fund—are proud to offer an exciting opportunity for undergraduate students to assist former IAH Faculty Fellows in their current research projects. Students will also acquire fundamental skills in conducting graduate-level research in the arts and humanities.
In an effort to initiate and foster new collaborative partnerships, preference will be given to faculty/student pairings that have not previously worked together on funded research projects. Interdisciplinary projects are highly encouraged.
Eligibility: This opportunity is for undergraduate students and for IAH Faculty Fellows. Student and Fellow need to submit a joint application. Preference will be given to faculty/student pairings that have not previously worked together on funded research projects. Interdisciplinary projects are highly encouraged.
Amount: Students receive a $2,000 stipend.
Deadline: The next application cycle will begin in spring 2024.
For more information, contact:
Silas Webb, Program Administrator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Aspyn Fulcher, Honors Carolina Director of Student Development and Co-Curricular Programming, email@example.com
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UNC-Chapel Hill faculty and graduate students from participating units may apply to the King’s College Fund for support for projects and collaborative events that advance the relationship between UNC-Chapel Hill and KCL. This program is supported by the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office, the Institute for the Arts and Humanities, and participating departments and curricula in the College. All proposals should be approved by the Chair of the applicant’s department or curriculum.
Funds may be requested to pay for travel to London by UNC faculty and students, lodging in Chapel Hill for KCL faculty and students, and hospitality for events at UNC. The King’s College Fund cannot be used to pay for overseas lodging for UNC faculty and students, to purchase flights originating from international ports of call, salary support, honoraria, or consulting fees. Collaborators at KCL have agreed to pay for lodging in London for UNC faculty and students as well as travel to Chapel Hill by KCL faculty and students.
Support for each funded proposal will typically range between $3,000 and $9,000. Please be aware that in many cases, not all program costs will be fully covered by the KCL Fund. Thus we encourage applicants to seek additional sources of support.
A steering committee consisting of representatives from all participating departments and curricula will review the proposals and determine award levels.
Participating units (those paying yearly dues to the Fund) currently include: Classics; English and Comparative Literature; Global Studies; Geography; History; Music; Peace, War and Defense; and Religious Studies. Other departments are welcome to join.
For more information about the UNC/King’s College partnership, please contact IAH Executive Director Tommie Watson.
Amount: Support for each funded proposal will typically range between $3,000 and $9,000.
Deadline: December. Proposals will be accepted again in fall 2023.
The Arts and Humanities Research Grant promotes research, scholarly, creative, and artistic pursuits in the fine arts and humanities. The program is part of Carolina’s strategic plan and the Vice Chancellor for Research’s university-wide pilot funding portfolio, furthering the University’s pre-eminence as a national and world-renowned leader in foundational research, creative practice, and the translation of research into social settings.
The program is co-funded by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and the Institute for the Arts and Humanities. Grants provide support to scholarly, creative, or artistic pursuits and research projects led by individuals or teams.
Eligibility: Applicants for the Arts and Humanities Research Grant must be full-time faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill holding any rank (including teaching track) whose research and scholarly expertise aligns with the fine arts, humanities, or humanistic social sciences. For projects involving multiple faculty, each faculty member must meet these eligibility criteria.
Amount: Awards will range from $2,500 to $7,500, to be used within one full year from the date of award. The anticipated start date for the awards is July 1.
Application Requirements: Proposals should be submitted as one document in PDF format to ORD@unc.edu by 11:59 p.m. on May 19, 2023. The proposal should contain the following:
- Cover page. Please use this required template for the cover page of your application.
- Project Description
- Budget and Budget Justification
Complete application details, including eligibility requirements, submission instructions, and allowable costs.
Proposal Review and Evaluation Criteria: Proposals will be reviewed and ranked by a panel of arts and humanities and/or subject area experts. The Office of Research Development and the Institute for Arts and Humanities will manage and provide guidance and oversight of the review process. Final award selections will be made by the Vice Chancellor for Research and the Director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities.
All proposals will be evaluated based on the following:
- Demonstrated ambition or intellectual promise
- Project design and feasibility
- Qualifications of the applicant(s)
- If applicable, how the project will impact the applicant’s career development
- If applicable, the likelihood that the project will position an applicant for external funding
Terms and Conditions of the Award:
- Research involving human subjects, such as surveys, or other compliance issues must be reviewed in accordance with the University’s policies. Once approved, copies of approval letters must be submitted to ORD@unc.edu. An award is tentative until all compliance approvals have been obtained.
- The award period is one year. No-cost extensions are allowable with proper justification and approval from ORD.
- Requests for a no-cost extension must be made at least 90 days prior to the expiration of an award. No-cost extensions will only be granted for extenuating circumstances. Extensions will not be made for longer than six months.
- Unexpended funds will revert to the OVCR and IAH.
- ORD Internal Grant funds cannot generally be used for payment of costs incurred prior to the date of the award. Special cases must be approved prior to submitting an application and will only be granted for costs incurred up to 90 days prior to being awarded.
- All expenditures, including procurement of supplies and travel authorizations, must adhere to general policies of the University.
- A final report is due to the Office of Research Development at the project’s conclusion. This report should be submitted at the end of the grant period, at the end of any extension granted, or prior to departure if the investigator should leave the University.
- By accepting the award, the lead scholar(s) agree(s) to serve as a reviewer for a future round of Arts and Humanities Research Grant applications.
Acknowledgements: The publication of the results of research projects supported by a grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Program should carry a printed acknowledgment of financial assistance from the UNC Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and the UNC Institute for the Arts and Humanities. ORD and IAH should receive a single copy of each such publication.
Deadline: Competitions for the Arts and Humanities Research Grant will be held once annually. Proposal applications will be due May 19, 2023 to the Office of Research Development. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on the due date. Applications received after the deadline will be de-prioritized during the review period.
For all questions related to this program, please contact the Office of Research Development at ORD@unc.edu
In keeping with the University’s commitment to providing a diverse intellectual and educational environment, this grant supports the professional careers and art/scholarship of faculty from underrepresented groups. This grant is led by the Institute for the Arts and Humanities and co-sponsored by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and the College of Arts and Sciences.
Funds are for arts- and humanities-related endeavors through the end of the following fiscal year. Appropriate use of funding includes: Research-related travel, conferences or other professional development activities, work equipment grad/student/research/creative assistants; research/artistic materials/books, food for research-related seminars and workshops.
Funding cannot be used for personal use, course/teaching development, regular or base salary, summer salary, or any related administrative supplements. Expenditures must be in line with the general policies of the university. All expenditures should be made after the grant is awarded and the funds are transferred to the awardee’s department.
Eligibility: Applicants should hold a faculty position across the University of any rank at the time of application. Award amounts vary, with a maximum amount of $2,500. Priority will be given to those/applicants who do not have other research funds currently available.
Deadlines: Applications are accepted during announced windows during each semester.
Publication of the results of a research project or a program/catalog/other promotional material for a public or artistic project should include an acknowledgment of UNC’s Institute for the Arts and Humanities Grants for Faculty from Underrepresented Groups.
A one-page summary of the awardee’s project, general expenditures, and the work enabled by this assistance should be submitted to the IAH at the end of the funding period to help demonstrate the impact of these types of grants for underrepresented faculty.
Overview: National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends support individuals working full-time on a humanities project at any stage of development by providing funding for two consecutive months of full-time research and writing.
Faculty members teaching full-time at colleges and universities must be nominated by their institutions to apply for a summer stipend. At UNC-Chapel Hill, the Institute for the Arts and Humanities Director will appoint faculty to serve on the nominating committee. For complete eligibility requirements, please review the Notice of Funding Opportunity for this program.
Awards: The maximum award available through the NEH Summer Stipend Program is $6,000.
Funds may support the recipient’s compensation, travel, and other costs related to the proposed scholarly research.
Selection Process: Tenured and tenure-track faculty members at most colleges and universities, including UNC-Chapel Hill, must be nominated by their institutions to apply for a summer stipend. Your application will be reviewed by the Nominating Committee, chaired by Senior Associate Dean Elizabeth Engelhardt, and comprised of former recipients of the NEH Summer Stipend and IAH Director Patricia Parker.
Funds and all restrictions are determined by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
- September 1, 2023: Internal deadline to submit a proposal to the Nominating Committee.
- September 15, 2023: Notification of selection from the Nominating Committee.
- September 20, 2023: Deadline for nominees to apply via Grants.gov.
- April 15, 2024: Expected notification date from the NEH.
- May 1, 2024 – Sept. 1, 2025: Project start date.
Fixed-term faculty teach more total classes and introductory courses than tenure-track faculty. Despite reaching more students, fixed-term faculty do not receive the support, prestige or job security of their tenure-line colleagues. The Fixed-Term Faculty Support Fund provides funds for projects and collaborative events that advance the faculty member’s pedagogical or research portfolio.
The program has a total of $6,000. Multiple awards will be given and support for each funded proposal typically range between $500 and $2,000 depending on the quantity and quality of proposals submitted. Please note that the grant may not cover all program costs, so applicants are encouraged to seek additional sources of support.
Eligibility: Fixed-term faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Funding Guidelines: Funds may be requested to pay for conference travel, professional development, research materials, and research assistance. The Fixed-Term Faculty Support Fund cannot be used to supplement regular or summer salary or for personal use. Funds expire one year from award date.
Application process: All proposals should be endorsed by the chair of the applicant’s department or curriculum. Applicants will submit an online application. The IAH will convene an ad hoc committee to review all proposals and make funding decisions. Notifications will be sent out prior to the end of the spring semester.
Reporting requirement: The IAH requires a written follow-up at the end of the funding period to show the administration the impact of these small grants for non-tenured fixed-term faculty. If a publication comes out of funding, please provide a copy to the IAH.
Deadline: March 23, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.
Please contact Silas Webb, IAH Program Administrator, at firstname.lastname@example.org, with any questions or concerns.
The Summer International Collaborative Research Grant provides $20,000 of ongoing funding for up to five years for international projects beginning in summer 2023. Faculty may use the funds to travel abroad and establish new collaborative research projects or continue existing ones. Two grants will be awarded. These funds will expire on June 30, 2028.
- Preference will be given to proposals for projects with one of UNC’s four strategic partners, King’s College London, Universität Tübingen, National University of Singapore, and Universidad San Francisco de Quito.
- Proposals for new or existing collaborative research projects with a host organization, such as a university, museum, think tank, or consortium will also be considered.
- Research products should be detailed in the proposal, with an explanation for why a given product is important to the recipient’s field or professional development.
Who may apply?
Any faculty member in the fine arts, humanities, and qualitative social sciences at the rank of associate professor with their primary appointment in the College of Arts and Sciences.
When are applications due?
Monday, March 27, 2023
What type of expenses are permissible?
- Up to $5,000 on summer salary, including fringe, taken during the summer of 2023
- International and local travel
- Lodging and meals (based on the local cost of living)
- Books and supplies, including archival research, reproductions, and research equipment
- Funding UNC graduate research assistants, including travel
- Hosting, catering, and venue rental for international events, conferences, or symposia held at UNC – Chapel Hill
- Honoraria, speaker fees, and consulting fees for services provided in the United States
- Professional development activities for related conference registration fees and/or membership fees for international scholarly organizations
What types of expenses are not permitted?
- Personal use
- Course development
- Publishing-related expenses
- Regular or base, or any related administrative supplements
- Funding non-UNC research assistants
- Hosting, catering, and venue rental for events, conferences, or symposia held abroad
- Honoraria, speaker fees, and consulting fees for services provided abroad
For publishing-related expenses, please apply for the Arts and Humanities Publication Support Grant.
Are there any reporting requirements?
Yes, recipients of this award will be expected to submit two reports. The first, submitted at the end of summer 2023, is a progress report to update the IAH on work performed. The second, submitted at the end of the five-year period or once all of the funds have been spent, whichever comes first, will be a final report summarizing the work done and all research products (both in process and published).
Do the funds expire?
Yes, the funds from this grant will expire on June 30, 2028.
What are the steps to apply?
The application includes:
- Narrative proposal that explains the importance of international research for this project (1000 words max)
- Work plan (one-page)
- Curriculum vitae
- Proposed budget
- Chair’s endorsement
View a preview of the Summer International Collaborative Research Grant application. (PDF)
When will I be notified of a decision?
Proposals will be reviewed by a selection committee and recipients will be notified by May 1, 2023.
The Schwab Academic Excellence Award is an endowed fund at the IAH. The fund is used annually to support 21 department chairs in the arts, humanities and qualitative social sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, to designate a faculty member in their department to receive this $3,000 award to support the person’s scholarship and creative activity. The award is intended to support outstanding faculty work and as an early intervention retention tool for department chairs in these departments to use at their discretion.
Announcement: Awards are given out in December of each year and are publicly announced in the spring semester.
The George H. Johnson Prize for Distinguished Achievement by an IAH Fellow is awarded to a full professor at UNC-Chapel Hill who has been a Fellow at the Institute. The IAH began granting the award in 2008 to honor George H. Johnson, one of the Institute’s earliest ambassadors, and to recognize outstanding contributions by UNC faculty in the arts, humanities, and qualitative social sciences. The biennial award provides a $5,000 prize for the winner.
Eligibility and Criteria
Full professors currently on faculty at Carolina who have participated at any time in the Institute’s Faculty Fellowship Program (including Chapman Family Fellows) or Academic Leadership Program are eligible for the prize. To verify a potential nominee’s affiliation with our programs, search for their name in the Institute’s Faculty Fellows Database or Academic Leadership Database.
The Johnson Prize honors a substantial contribution to scholarly or creative work in the arts, humanities, or interpretive social sciences over the course of an entire career. Leadership in the faculty member’s chosen field of endeavor, on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus, or in a specific on- or off-campus community, will figure prominently in the committee’s selection of the recipient.
Nominations for the Johnson Prize will be accepted again in fall 2024. The nomination form includes a link to upload a short letter highlighting why you think the nominee should be considered for the award (500 words maximum).
Please do not tell colleagues that you are nominating them for this prize or ask them to give you supporting materials for the nomination. The selection committee will collect the necessary materials for making the decision as needed.
The IAH Director will select two faculty members to serve on the Johnson Prize Selection Committee. The committee will review the nominees and make a recommendation to the IAH Director and the Senior Associate Dean for the Fine Arts and Humanities for final approval.
The recipient is awarded $5,000 and is the keynote speaker on their area of research at the Johnson Prize Presentation. Previous recipients of the award include Kenneth Janken (2022), Elizabeth Olson (2020), Lloyd Kramer (2018), John McGowan (2016), James Peacock (2014), Gerald Postema (2012), Julia Wood (2010), and Trudier Harris (2008).
For more information, contact: